It is our mission to make installing your Everase Dry Erase Solution a quick and easy process. That’s why YOU can install many of the products we offer! Use these resources to set up your Dry Erase Solutions.
Proper surface preparation is essential to achieving a professional looking installation of whiteboard resurfacing material. Prior to installation, remove any and all debris, including tape and glue, with a razor scraper. In the case of stubborn adhesive residue, you can remove with Goo Gone® on a clean cloth. The surface must be clean, smooth, uniform in color, structurally sound and free of imperfections. Spackle all vertical seams and any surface indentations (cracks, chips, etc.) the day before installation. This will allow sufficient drying time so you can sand smooth the next day. After the entire board surface is sanded smooth, remove any residual dust from the board surface with a damp cloth.
Clear the area directly in front of the board to be resurfaced. Remove all desks, chairs, bookcases, etc. that could otherwise be an obstruction. Keep in mind the dry erase resurfacing rolls come in 50-inch widths, so you will need sufficient room to remove the release paper. Place a drop cloth in front of your work area to protect the flooring. Remove everything affixed to the Map Rail, including Flag Holder, Hooks, etc. If there are side panels or header tack boards, you will find it easiest to mask off those areas with sheet vinyl and blue tape rather than remove them.
To assist with the removal of air bubbles/pockets, as well as increase the slip coefficient, pre-wet your chalkboard with a wetting solution. We recommend three tablespoons of a mild detergent (such as dishwashing liquid) to one gallon of water (1.5 oz of soap per gallon) to make up the wetting solution. You will want to use a pressurized hand pump sprayer to deliver this solution. It is important that your solution properly wets the chalkboard surface without beading up. Watch the surface for a few minutes until the chalkboard or old dry erase surface starts to dry out which signals no beading. If there is any beading, your solution is too soapy and you must dilute with more tap water.
Remove the Everase resurfacing product from its carton and place at one end of your chalkboard or old marker board. Stand upright with one of the end caps placed under the core of the roll. This end cap is useful on any type of flooring but will prove especially helpful if you’re on a carpeted floor. With one installer holding the roll vertically, the other grabs the end of the roll and walks across to the opposite side of the board.
Your installation of whiteboard resurfacing material is now complete. Enjoy your new Everase dry erase surface!
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Tunnels are a bowing out of the material at the top of bottom of the board. Typically they are 3-4 inches long, 2 inches wide. This cannot be handled the same day. The good news is that if tunnels appear, you can flatten them out even the next day as the board dries out. A day after your board has been installed, using the smoothing tool, you can smooth the surface because the water will have dried and you can now affix the Dry Erase material to the surface. The tension of both installers holding the pre-cut strip of Everase that makes the difference. You cannot put more pressure on one side than the other without stretching the film.
It’s common that air bubbles do come back. After installation, come back in 45 minutes, wrap your smoothing tool in a towel, and push the air bubbles out. Looking at the board from different angles will allow you to see if any air bubbles develop over time. They can be removed using the same method.
When in doubt, always put more water onto the surface. This allows you to move the air bubbles out. It’s always best to have too much water as opposed to not enough. Just be certain that the entire board surface is fully wet-down. On the other hand, too little soap will result in your board being too dry, and that can present a problem. The humidity conditions at the time of installation can also have an effect.
Our preference is a Hyde utility knife because you can put more pressure onto the handle. You can also use snap-off blades. It’s important to use a sharp blade; we recommend that after every 2 boards, you should change your blade.
If you haven’t removed the board frame and are trimming Everase to fit inside an existing frame, you always want your cutting edge to be run along the outside edge of the perimeter. We recommend using the WallWiz from Zinsser as a guide. By keeping the WallWiz between the blade and the Everase surface, it prevents you from accidentally cutting into the writing surface. The most important thing is to use a tool for a guide to run your blade along. We typically use a 5-in-1 Wall Tool by Hide. Always place the blade on top of the tool you are using to guide your blade.
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